The National Arts Fundraising School "Emcee" Awards | Arts & Culture | Awards for excellence in fundraising 2018

The Emcees were set up in 2016 by =mc consulting (the team behind the National Arts Fundraising School) to recognise and celebrate excellence in arts and culture fundraising. Every year we help to identify and publicise the extraordinary job many fundraisers do — from development directors to volunteer Board members. High achieving projects receive an award — and often valuable support in kind from one of our sponsors.

The awards take place in a central London venue in May each year.

The process for the awards follows a simple format: an open call for nominations is made around February each year, followed by a shortlisting process by a changing panel of independent experts. The shortlisted nominees are announced and invited to a glamorous awards event where the winners (again decided by our experts) are announced.

There are various categories you can enter in including: best corporate engagement; most supporter centred appeal; successful innovative approach; best large scale £100K plus campaign; best small scale campaign under £100K. And more.

Winning applications show strong evidence of having:

  • a supporter-centred approach
  • a strong underlying strategy
  • an innovative or creative approach to engaging prospects and supporters

Questions, or want to register your interest? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch – we’re happy to answer any queries you have about the nominations process or the event. Call Sophie Civardi on +44 (0)7843 132 032 or email

Keep in touch

Sign up to receive news, insights and offers from =mc on the National Arts Fundraising School and other sector related content. Rest assured we’ll never, ever pass your details on to anyone else and your data is stored securely.

Join Our Mailing List

Please let us know how you heard about the National Arts Fundraising School Residential: